Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, December 2012

Christmas cactusOver a year ago during one of my last visits to my childhood home, I took three cuttings from a Christmas cactus that belonged to my mother for many years. Before that, it lived at my great grandmother’s house for decades. It is probably older than I am. My mother’s plant bloomed prolifically in the sunporch every years with minimal care.

This month a few buds appeared on two of my cuttings, and this week the first one opened. I do not remember ever looking so closely at the delicate, ravishing flower. Probably as a child I took them for granted, there were so many of them on that venerable plant. Many things we do not appreciate as children later become riches, whether lost or saved. I am happy to have this one.

So I have decided to participate in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, which occurs on the 15th of every month. Gardening here from November to March is a bit of a challenge. I am not so dedicated or lucky with houseplants as with their outdoor cousins. So this is a challenge to myself to garden indoors and make the winter household more lively.

3 thoughts on “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, December 2012

  1. My Christmas cactus is not as old as yours, but it has spread a few babies across the landscape. It is wonderful to know the background of some of our plants – keeping us connected.

  2. That’s a gorgeous flower! I think it’s great these plants last so long. It’s nice to have the connection to past generations. I think yours might be older than mine, though my gran died more than twenty years ago in her nineties!

    1. I think Mom inherited the Christmas cactus when my great grandmother moved out of her house around 1980. It was already a venerable plant by then. My great grandmother lived until 1996, just a few days short of her 104th birthday.

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